Disney Junior is reimagining Dave Stevens' beloved comic book superhero The Rocketeer for a new animated series aimed at children ages 2 to 7.
Set to debut in 2019, The Rocketeer stars Kit, a young girl who receives a mysterious package on her birthday containing the gear and costume of the legendary superhero. With the help of her best friend Tesh and her airplane-mechanic uncle Ambrose, Kit will take up the mantle of the Rocketeer for a new generation.
Each episode of Rocketeer will feature two 11-minute episodes, one of which will contain an original song. Nicole Dubuc, whose recent credits include Transformers: Rescue Bots, will executive produce.
"We are very excited to introduce The Rocketeer to our young Disney Junior audience," Joe D’Ambrosia, Disney Junior’s senior vice president of original programming, said in a statement. "The vast storytelling found in the original comic books provides the perfect opportunity to create an exciting new adventure series told from a young girl superhero perspective that the whole family can enjoy together."
Introduced in 1982, the original character was Stevens' homage to classic matinee serial heroes. A stunt pilot in 1930s Los Angeles who discovered a mysterious jetpack that enabled him to fly, Cliff Secord fought crime as The Rocketeer. The property was famously adapted by Disney in 1991 as a film starring Bill Campbell in the title role.
Disney expressed interest in a big-screen reboot as recently as 2016, but there's been no public movement on the project.